Borno state government has commenced reconstruction of communities destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists within the state.
Some of the projects in advanced stages are being carried out by the newly created Ministry for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement, by Governor Shettima in September.
Shettima took media representatives in the state on inspection of 16 projects in the first phase of the exercise in Kaga Local Government Area of the state.
The Borno State government also said it planned to commence relocation of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs to their communities by January 2016. Governor Shettima disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after inspecting the first phase of reconstruction work in the local government area.
“Our target is that by January, a chunk of our IDPs should return home; we will make very strenuous effort toward reconstructing towns and villages.
“We hope and believe that all our people should have returned home by May 29, 2016 when we will mark our fifth year anniversary in office.
“This is our target, it might be ambitious but by the grace of God, we shall be there,’’ Shettima said.
The projects inspected include Jakana district head house, schools, hospital, police station, road safety office among others in villages of Auno, Jakana as well as Beneshiek, headquarters of the local government area, all along the Maiduguri- Damaturu highway.
Shettima made his first stop over at Auno, 21 kilometres away from Maiduguri, to access the low cost houses under construction for resettlement of the villages affected by the insurgents .
Also at Auno, a primary healthcare centre with staff quarters for doctors, nurses and other health workers is under construction, while a modernized primary school, the residence of the District Head whom he urged to play renewed role in mobilizing citizens towards safe guarding the community, newly constructed boreholes, and a central mosque are also receiving attention .
In Jakana, a 15 kilometre distance from Auno, Shettima inspected the reconstruction of a police quarters made up of units of houses , a primary school and ordered immediate drilling of a borehole for people of the community who solicited for provision of potable water during the visit.
He then proceeded to Benisheikh, the headquarters of the local government area where he assessed reconstruction of a general hospital with six units of houses being built as staff quarters , as well as work on the large council secretariat, a boarding primary school, the low cost primary school, Tamandara primary school, a secondary school, an office complex of the Federal Road Safety Commission, an estate of 20 units of houses, an upper area court, a magistrate court, a cooperative store, and the divisional police headquarters among others.

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